The 5th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Tallahassee, Florida, during the spring of 1862. Companies that made up the unit were from the counties of Santa Rosa, Baker, Polk, Calhoun, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Madison, and Liberty. Ordered to Virginia with over 1,000 men it served in General Pryor's, E.A. Perry's, and Finegan's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The regiment fought with the army from Second Manassas to Cold Harbor , then was active in the Petersburg trenches south of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign. Only 1 man was wounded at Fredericksburg , but the unit lost 6 killed and 22 wounded at Chancellorsville and thirty-five percent of the 321 at Gettysburg . It surrendered with 6 officers and 47 men.
Colonels John C. Hately and Thomas B. Lamar
Major Benjamin F. Davis.
Company I - Wakulla Rifles